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Dark Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Sauce

I had my friend Steffen and his daughter Robin over for a visit this weekend. Steffen is an American living in Germany and his daughter is 1/2 American, 1/2 German and only knows German culture. This was Robin’s first visit to our house and I wanted to spoil her with some delicious American baking! Brownies. Seriously delicious brownies.

I asked my BFF baker friend, Carrie Fields of Fields of Cake, what recipe I should use to make such brownie and she led me to the most amazing brownie I have ever tasted. Seriously, this brownie is AH-MAH-ZING!

It’s thick, moist, chewy and so chocolately that you neeeeeeed the whipped cream and peanut butter sauce to balance out the awesomeness of the chocolate.

And let me tell you about this peanut butter sauce. OH MY GAWG. I just want to eat spoonfuls of it. And really, can’t wait to buy some ice cream to top it with. You can use this sauce on ANYTHING. SO GOOD.

So, thanks to Steffen for wanting brownies and thanks to Carrie for the recipes! I changed things up just slightly, but for the most post… the recipes are all Carries!


Dark Chocolate Brownies
Adapted from Fields of Cake

1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
14 ounces quality dark chocolate (85%), chopped coarsely
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
5 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Butter the sides and bottom of a glass or light colored metal pan 9×13 pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, the salt, and cocoa powder and set aside.
  3. Using a large double boiler, melt together the chopped dark chocolate, cubed butter and instant espresso powder.  Stirring occasional until melted and completely combined.  Turn the heat off, but leave on the burner and keep the bowl on the double boiler.
  4. Add the sugars and whisk until combined.  Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes or until it comes to room temperature.
  5. Add three eggs, whisk just until combined.  Add the remaining two eggs and whisk only until combined.
  6. Gently stir in the vanilla.  Do not overmix the batter or the brownies will turn out cakey.
  7. Fold the flour mixture to the wet mixture just until all the flour has become wet and just combined.  Again, DO NOT OVERMIX.
  8. Pour the mixture into your buttered baking dish.  Using a tapered spatula, gently spread the batter into the corners of the pan, smoothing out the top.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.  Rotate pan half way through baking. Do not over bake.
  10. Allow to cool in pan completely before cutting and serving.
  11. Serve with unsweetened fresh whipped cream and peanut butter sauce drizzled over the top.

Peanut Butter Sauce
Adapted from Fields of Cake

1 cup sugar
½ cup honey
½ cup water
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp unsalted butter
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp salt

  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, honey, water and salt with a whisk until all the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow to come to a boil and cook, without stirring, until the sugar turns a dark amber color.  This process can happen quickly, so watch the sugar closely so you don’t burn it.  It will start to smell like caramel when it’s done.
  3. Once it turns dark amber in color, remove immediately from the heat and whisk in the butter.
  4. Add the cream and whisk to combine.
  5. Stir in the peanut butter and whisk until combined.
  6. Taste the sauce, if it’s too sweet, add 1 tsp more of salt to cut the sweetness.
  7. Allow to come to room temperature to thicken before drizzling over brownies with fresh whipped cream.
Unsweetened Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream, very cold
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Place the metal bowl and whisk of your electric mixer in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  2. After they bowl and whisk are very chilled and cold, attach them to the stand mixer.
  3. Pour in the heavy whipping cream and whisk on high for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour in the vanilla extract.
  5. Continue to whisk on high until it becomes thick.  Do not over mix or it will deflate.


Thursday 18th of October 2012

I think this is my all-time favorite brownie recipe. I have made it several times and it is never anything short of amazing.

Betsy ~ @JavaCupcake

Thursday 18th of October 2012

So glad to hear that!